Eastern State Penitentiary

Philadelphia, PA

The Eastern State Penitentiary, also known as ESP, is a former American prison in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Operational from 1829 until 1971 it housed famous criminals such as Al Capone and bank robber Willie Sutton.  It is currently a U.S. National Historic Landmark.

Currently considered one of the most haunted places in the world you can explore for yourself in either a public or private investigation.  You may hear a disembodied voice, have your own name called, or suffer through the screams of tortured men that some hear while investigating.

June 27, 2009
Investigators: Beth Rosen & Matt Rosen.

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Cell Block 12: One of our investigators finds a pair of shoes in a cell and ‘someone’ mistakes her for a shoe-shine girl. Worst of all, she didn’t even get a tip… ungrateful spirits!
Cell Block 4: With no females present at the time, the guys notice a sudden temperature drop—followed by this chilling female request.

May 28, 2010
Investigators: Beth Rosen & Matt Rosen with guests Christian Daly, Allen Todd.

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Cell Block 4: After our investigator, Christian, asks if anyone present can repeat his knocks, he gets an EVP in return. Soon after, we hear a clear response to his ‘shave and a hair cut’ knock to our surprise.
Cell Block 4: Later in the night, loud bangs are heard coming from the second level where no one is allowed. A minute later, four of our investigators are shocked when they hear a disembodied voice directly behind them.

July 27, 2013
Investigators: Beth Rosen, Matt Rosen, Heather Olsen, Lisa Shirkey & Jonathan Andrews.

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Findings: Nothing to report.

Grave Concerns Paranormal does not view findings presented on this page as evidence of ghosts or the paranormal. These are merely experiences that we can not explain at this time.